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December 21, 2012 at 6:54 am #174930
What should we be doing about the identification and appropriate treatment of people with mental disorders in this country?
First of all stop recklessly sharing sensitive medical files across the globe.
December 21, 2012 at 6:03 am #174933
It is strange that some media automatically assume that “mental illness” equals “disability”. Very few people of those who are clinically treated for a mental health problem (including major depressive disorder or reactive depression) are disabled. They can be temporarily incapacitated just like by any other illness but this has nothing to do with disability. As other people mentioned in this discussion, 1 in 5 Americans is treated for a psychiatric condition. This does not say how many Americans have a history of being treated for a psychiatric condition over their lifetime!
I am rather worried by this quest for the feebleminded in order to prevent “grave harm to society”. A little bit of history is rarely harmful:
The search for causes of crime:
Buck vs. Bell
statistics of forcibly sterilized people affected by some mental illnesses in Nazi Germany
Galton’s Hereditary genius:
and most importantly… The Jukes:
The link between mental illness and violence is pathetic. It sounds like a link between sorrel and solstice.
December 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm #174939
Nothing. Have a look at the list of 200 top selling pharmaceuticals – you will find 2 anti-psychotics and 1 antidepressant in top 10 brands. The situation with generics looks very similar.
Many anti-psychotics originally approved for i.e. schizophrenia (typically risperidone) are prescribed off label for all sorts of fancy pseudo-diagnoses such as “bouncy teenager” or “how-can-I-keep-this-monkey-sitting-still” type of “diseases” (meaning ADHD and Autism). Medication does not necessarily mean diagnosis for which the drug is approved.
Many people have “early signs of mental illness” and do not shoot their neighbors. The idea that it is somehow possible or even sensible to label as mentally ill everyone who was ever treated for mental health problem is scary. Most people would end up with “mental health record” even after an episode of depression. What do you want to do? Label all grieving relatives, women with baby blues, victims of abuse, or people who get into pub fights as mentally ill? It would soon look like in Russia – no offense.